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Product Details

  • Series: Rozen Maiden (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598163124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598163124
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The genre of "awkward young man meets bizarre/supernatural/extra-dimensional/space alien female and all manner of wacky hijinx ensue" has been endlessly rehashed, from the prototypical Urusei Yatsura to countless knockoffs, including Peach Pit's own DearS. This volume goes down that familiar path, adding only a slightly more sinister edge than its predecessors. Jun is a high school dropout who spends his days ordering items from the Internet and sending them back for laughs, but his feeble prank backfires when he receives a "Rozen Maiden" named Shinku. The doll comes to obnoxious life when wound up by a key inserted into her back. Instantly treating Jun with disdain, Shinku attempts to groom him into her manservant while revealing that the antique mirror owned by his parents is actually a doorway into the "N-Field," the nexus of alternate realities. Charged with protecting the living doll by "the Spirit Hollier," Jun and Shinku embark on a transdimensional odyssey, the purpose of which will presumably be made clear in the next installment. Peach Pit's cutesy/goth manga art is coupled with a story that hits all the usual notes. (May)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie V. Galasso VINE VOICE on December 6, 2007
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I think this book is not only awesome, but entertaining. I didn't want to put it down. I didn't want it to end. I wished I had purchaged the next chapter ahead of time before I finished the one I was currently on. Theres so much.. and the "Booh Bear" (pooh bear I suppose), made me laugh so much! Too bad that changed that part in the movie to something else and left booh out. But, maybe that's why it stood out most for me? hah.
The Rozen Maiden seems so silly. I'm just not quite getting the whole Alice game in this book yet. What is that? A battle to she what doll is the strongest, and whatnot? or something else?

I am sure you Will enjoy it. I have no complaints about this one. It's not even slow. If you liked/loved the video/DVD.. You will love this manga even more. I promise :)

(I am now currently waiting for chapter two... I actually ordered 2-6 because I didn't want to have to wait too long.. It's just taking foreverr to get them... After I read them, I can write a review for you guys!! promise! I'm pretty new to writing reviews, so check out my others, check out my profiles, likes! get to know me.. tell me how I am doing and that I am not just taking up space on amazon and spending all my wallet!)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Michael VINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
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Now, first impressions of PEACH-PIT's popular harem title DEARS left me wanting, so I was a little skeptical when it came to Rozen Maiden... but, I'm always up for giving an author a second chance (I've I'd've been any different, I would've never given Ken Akamatsu's Love Hina a chance after failing to like any part of A.I.Love You).

I digress...

Rozen Maiden tells the story of Jun, a hikikomori (a young shut-in, an archetype on the rise in Japan) who's abusive to his worried sister and whose only pleasure seems to be ordering strange items online. Very EMO, very dramatic... One day, he recieves a ridiculous order form, which inevitably leads to Jun becoming the human servant of fifth Rozen Maiden doll, Shinku.

The volume pretty much covers the introduction of the protagonists and villain (Suigintou) and begins to work out the kinks in their burgeoning relationships while hinting at dark mysteries on the parts of both the Rozen Maidens and Jun himself (he didn't just become a shut-in, after all).

The art style is soft shojou and is just the right mix of internally consistant realism and super-deformed/chibi frames to highlight comedic and ironic one liners.

Look for references to children's litertature in the various themes and characters (as the overall series itself borrows characters and lore from Lewis Carrol).
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By Oscar on June 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Great storyline and was written by a good author.
I really enjoyed reading this at work during my breaks. ^-^
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